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Backhouse, Arthur Burder (1851–1936)

The death has occurred at his home Merrilands, Koo-wee-rup North, of Mr. Arthur B. Backhouse, J.P., at the age of 84 years. Mr. Backhouse arrived in Victoria by the True Briton in 1872. He, with his eldest brother, was a student at Cornell University (U.S.A.), and came to Victoria to join his father, the late Rev. B. Backhouse, who was then the representative for Australasia of the British and Foreign Bible Society. After his arrival Mr. Backhouse engaged in educational pursuits, and was for some years principal of the British College. Later Mr. Backhouse, with his brothers, took up land. They were among the earliest settlers at Gembrook, which at that time was a wild and little-known forest country. After disposing of his interest at Gembrook Mr. Backhouse settled at Koo-wee-rup North, where he carried on farming until his death. He married the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Albert A. C. le Souef. He is survived by a widow, a son, and two daughters.

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'Backhouse, Arthur Burder (1851–1936)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/backhouse-arthur-burder-19030/text30628, accessed 25 November 2017.

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